Free Summertime Fun in Vancouver, B.C.

The Top 10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver, BC, are activites you can do year-round, but summer in Vancouver is a special time. There are so many free things to do in Vancouver, BC, during summer that these free Vancouver summer events deserve their own list!

Use this list to find Summer 2016's best free things to do in Vancouver, BC, from watching the annual Celebration of Light Fireworks to free festivals, markets, kids' activities, and more.

For even more summer fun, see also: Summer in Vancouver: Top 10 Summer Events & Activities

01 of 08

Free Vancouver Summer Festivals

Car free Vancouver
David Meurin / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Summer's free festivals--which feature live music, roving performers, street fairs and more--are some of the best free things to do in Vancouver!

02 of 08

Free Summer Music Concerts & Music Festivals

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
GoToVan / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
03 of 08

Vancouver Summer Night Markets

Shipyards Night Market Vancouver
Courtesy of Northshore Green Markets

Vancouverites love our summer night markets! There are two huge, Asian-style night markets in Richmond (one is free, the other is just $2 for admission) plus two more free markets around Metro Vancouver (the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver and the Surrey Night Market).  

04 of 08

Vancouver Fireworks - Celebration of Lights Fireworks

Celebration of Light Vancouver
Colin Knowles / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

If there is one event that defines summer in Vancouver, it's the Celebration of Light international fireworks festival: three nights of the best fireworks displays you've ever seen. This may be the best of all the wonderful free things to do in Vancouver this summer!

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05 of 08

Free Ballroom Dancing in Robson Square

Robson Square Vancouver
Nathaniel F / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A7, Canada

Organized by DanceSport BC, the Robson Square Summer Dance Series offers ballroom dance lessons every Friday at 8pm, show dances at 9pm and 10pm, and a chance to dance the night away under the Robson Square dome, in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

06 of 08

Free Vancouver Water Parks for Kids

Granville Island Waterpark
Courtesy of CIty of Vancouver
1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8, Canada
+1 604-257-8195

Looking for free things to do in Vancouver when the weather is hot? Head to one of Vancouver's gorgeous beaches or let the kids run wild at one of Vancouver's free summer water parks.

07 of 08

Free Salsa Dancing in Robson Square

Robson Square Salsa
GoToVan / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A7, Canada

One of the more unique free things to do in Vancouver this summer is the free salsa dancing series in downtown Vancouver's Robson Square (across from the Vancouver Art Gallery). Every Sunday Afternoon Salsa event includes free beginner salsa lessons and "social dancing" that's open to everyone, regardless of skill level.

08 of 08

Free Vancouver Outdoor Movies

Outdoor cinema Vancouver
Courtesy of Outdoor Movies BC

Outdoor movies are a summer tradition in Vancouver, with several different venues offering free outdoor movies throughout July and August. Showtimes start at dusk (around 9pm). Get details on locations from the Fresh Air Cinema site.

Movies can get canceled due to rain, so stay updated with Outdoor Movies in BC on Twitter and the Fresh Air Cinema Facebook page.

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Free Summertime Fun in Vancouver, B.C.